It has been well over 6 years since I was involved in the launch of a web based tool. That must have been the end of July 1999 when we launched i-gift.com, an Isiah Thomas backed venture, which was a financial transaction site for fulfilling gift certificates for shopping malls. Today we launched IT-Harvest's Knowledge Base tool set. We have been populating the data base and building the tools since January. There are 830 security vendors, 1,600 security products, and 2,200 security people in the data base.
You can see a stripped down version of the tool here. Subscribers have much more in-depth views including charts, spreadsheets, and maps. See for instance this result for "Security Companies in Florida" We are working on exposing the mapping function (in compliance with Google's use policy).
This is intended to be a tool for anyone who is researching the IT security space. Analyst firms, such as IT-Harvest, use it to create comprehensive market studies, VC's use it for due diligence, security vendors use it to size the market they play in and their relative position.
We can play "stump the chump" now. Let me know what security companies we have missed! I have been estimating that there are 1,500 world wide. This data base has 622 US companies in it, 218 outside the US. Which country do you think has the second most? Canada! with 36. I know we have hardly begun to touch AsiaPac.
California has by far the most security companies in it - 211. The top five regions in the US look like this:
- California 211
- Boston 63
- DC 52
- NYC 49
- Texas 36